We offer a large selection of designers and manufacturers that span the 20th and early 21st century. Sizing varies greatly, so we have outlined our measuring and size estimating process.
The best way to know if a vintage item will fit you is to take a garment that fits you well, similar to the one you are interested in purchasing, and measure it the way we measure ours.
We lay all garments flat and measure as follows*:
BUST - under arm to under arm across the front and then double that measurement.
Measure the WAISTBAND, widest part of the HIPS, widest part of the THIGH on one leg and width of the CUFF, then double those measurements
WAIST - find the smallest part of the garment if there isn't an obvious seam for the waist and measure across and then double that measurement.
LENGTH - Measure from the top of the waistband to the bottom of the cuff along the side seam.
HIPS - Find the largest part of the hip area and measure flat, then double that measurement.
RISE - Measure from the crotch to the top of the waistband.
LENGTH - from the nape of the neck or the top of the shoulders, depending on the style of garment. We will measure to the waist when applicable, so that you can determine if it will fit your torso, and then a waist down measurement.
INSEAM - Measure from the crotch to the bottom of the cuff along the inside seam.
SLEEVES - measure from the top of the shoulder seam to the end of the sleeve. When we think that the arm opening is particularly small, we will provide that measurement as well.**
*Fabrics with stretch will have some give, we will try to mention the range of measurements that will fit comfortably.
**With dolman sleeves, the size is an estimation based on the waist as the body seamlessly joins the sleeve.
Feel free to email us with specific questions about specific measurements that we may not have included that you need to know in order to feel confident about your purchase. If you have a particularly long torso, short legs, long arms, etc.. we can help you determine whether or not a garment will work for your body.SaveSaveSave
This is one of the actual dresses we loaned to Jacqueline West to use in the Terrence Malick film, The Tree of Life. This dress was worn by Jessica Chastain in some iconic scenes in the film, including the floating scenes, and the ocean scenes. I've included a few images of Jessica wearing the dress and have left the "Mrs. O" tag on the dress that was put there by the costume department. I loaned many pieces to the movie and have decided to part with this one!
This dress originally came from a prominent estate that had many important pieces from designers including, Claire McCardell, Mollie Parnis, Clare Potter, and Ceil Chapman dresses, but this dress has no label remaining.
The dress buttons up the front with mother of pearl buttons and has a pretty fabric belt. This dress is in excellent condition! I would estimate it to be a modern day size 4.
LENGTH from nape of neck to waist: 17"
LENGTH from waist: 30"
In order to best determine fit, measure yourself or a garment that fits you well. Compare those measurements to those on the item description.
All of our pieces have been professionally cleaned and arrive ready to wear.